The City Summary (November 11, 2013)

If you missed our report earlier, we posted details on Micah Richards’ future, the contract on offer, and the current situation.

While there is a very good chance than Micah could put pen to paper and remain at City, there will be suitors if he doesn’t accept City’s contract offer. One of them, according to the Daily Star, would be the club he supported as a boy, Arsenal.

Bacary Sagna’s contract issues and Carl Jenkinson’s struggles have Arsene Wenger considering a new right-back and Richards, who Wenger has long been an admirer of and tried to sign before City’s takeover, is thought to be a possible target.

Richards must soon make his mind up on terms offered by City, either to continue his stay at the club he has been part of since he was 14 or seek a new adventure.

Pellegrini started him against Bayern Munich and Sunderland, an indication that Micah is still in his plans.

Life must be really good for Costel Pantilimon right now. Finally getting his chance as a regular in City’s first team, he was today called up for Romania’s crunch World Cup playoff clash against Greece after previously being snubbed by head coach Victor Piturca.

Steaua Bucharest goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu has withdrawn late from the squad with an injury, giving Costel his return to the national squad and hopefully the chance to be part of the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Former City and England goalkeeper David Seaman is the latest speak out about Joe Hart’s stint on the bench. Seaman isn’t impressed by Pellegrini’s decision to drop error prone Hart and told talkSPORT:

“Hart is brilliant. I was surprised he was dropped by City.”

“He’s a quality goalkeeper and is playing big pressure games every week and you can’t say that about the other goalkeepers.”

“He’s by far our best keeper and I was glad Roy (Hodgson) came out and backed him.”

“That’s what you want as a goalkeeper. It’s a shame his own (club) manager hasn’t backed him as well.”

SportsDirect News reported earlier today that Pellegrini is considering an audacious January swoop for Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines.

According to SportsDirect, Pellegrini is quickly losing faith in Clichy and Kolarov as City’s left-back options, and the impressive Everton star could be the solution.

Kolarov has improved this season, but on his 28th birthday against Sunderland looked back to his old self, while Clichy has looked badly out of sorts most of this season, so a left-back may well be on the agenda soon – whether it be Baines or someone else.

Former City academy and England U18 captain Courtney Meppen-Walter has returned to football by joining Carlisle on a 2-week trial.

18-year-old Meppen-Walten, who was highly regarded at City, was sent to prison on two counts of reckless driving after killing brother and sister Kulwant Singh and Ravel Kaur in a car crash.

City severed ties with the player, but having now served eight months of a 16-month sentence, Meppen-Walter is now free to play again and the League One club has made the controversial decision to give him a second chance in football.

It’s not a new link, but tomorrow’s Daily Star back page reckons City will move for Willy Caballero in January. Can you imagine the puns?

Meanwhile, The Sun has Micah Richards jumping to Joe Hart’s defence and backing his good friend.

Oh, and Phil – there is a good reason for that.

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